Mapping out our health

Social scientist Dr Xiaoqi Feng spent her childhood in one of the world’s largest cities, Beijing, and learned the importance of having good quality green space nearby. The lesson stuck. Now, Dr Feng’s focus is on establishing just how much green space is needed to keep us healthy and out of hospital. Her work requires her to be more versatile.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.



Some charity crowdfunding campaigns get a huge profile – making the news and achieving spectacular success. To raise big bucks fast you need a sensational, viral angle or a bevy of cashed-up, generous friends.

But as I’ve found through running a Vietnam housing crisis campaign, most fundraising takes time. You might not make the news, but you can make a real difference if you persist. Read at the Cusp.

Checking the Locks: How to Audit Your Cyber Security

Cyber attacks are becoming more prevalent and sophisticated. So to stay safe, organisations must undergo regular and rigorous cyber security audits. Read at Telstra’s Smarter Business.

Ten of Hong Kong’s most endangered species, from animals hunted for TCM to the gigantic Plantasaurus

December 4 is Wildlife Conservation Day, initiated to promote respect for, and protection of, endangered species. We take a look at Hong Kong’s rarest flora and fauna, and the reasons why they face extinction. Read at the South China Morning Post.

The Untold Lives of British Convicts Sold to America

Many know that Australia was once a colony of convicts hailing from Britain. But have you heard about America’s very own convict past?

One Australian scholar (and Ancestry member) set out to tell their story. Read at

How banknotes and coins make canvases for designs: artistic licence to print pretty money

It may be the root of all evil, but money has an artistic side, too. From Fiji’s celebratory seven dollar note to Switzerland’s 50 franc note to Australia’s Possum Magic coin collection, we look at the most attractive legal tender. Read at the South China Morning Post.

The rise of DIY plastic surgery

As increasing numbers of Chinese go under the knife in their quest for the perfect face, we look at the non-surgical devices on the market, and ask whether they are worth the time, money and pain people spend on them. Read at the South China Morning Post.